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    Potty Training: It Really Works!

    October 31, 2009 by Brandy Vencel

    Well, let me just heave a giant sigh of relief here! One week ago today, Q. entered into the Big Girl world. By Day Two, she was daytime trained, and even stayed dry during her nap. Naptime dryness slipped for two days–Monday and Tuesday, I think–but we persevered without diapering to see what would happen (I had a two-week deadline in my head). After Tuesday, naptime dryness has been a habit.

    Nighttime dryness has been another story.

    I expected that, of course. I am not complaining. Q. has done fabulously. But, by Friday morning, I was beginning to wonder if she was going to master it anytime soon, and I was also pondering how much longer I was willing to let her wet the bed.

    Q., however, has been working really hard. She is a little worker bee, and she put all her determination into staying dry. I got a little concerned, because this meant she wasn’t getting much sleep. She became obsessed with staying dry while sleeping, and I would see her getting up and down to her little toilet from 8pm when we put her down until 11pm when she finally fell, exhausted, to sleep, only to wake disappointed in the morning. She was wet again.

    Last night, around 8:30, I told her that she simply had to go to sleep. I assured her that she didn’t have to worry, and that she was going to do a good job. During the day I had noticed she was able to hold it much, much longer than prior days, and we even made a trip to the park without an accident. I had hope for her.

    She went to sleep as instructed.

    She slept all night.

    She slept in (because she was so tired from the week) to 7:30am.

    And she was dry!

    There was great celebration, and Daddy even let her have a tiny scoop of homemade ice cream as a before-breakfast reward.

    I am so proud of her.

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  • Reply Lift Up Your Hearts November 8, 2009 at 2:56 am

    Unfortunately, *all* of my kids are bedwetters. 🙁 The baby stays dry more than any of the olders. We saw a pediatric urologist and he said to just ride it out or use an alarm.

  • Reply Brandy Afterthoughts November 7, 2009 at 7:50 pm


    Well…with E., he wasn’t nighttime trained until he was almost five. I wanted to put him in PullUps because I thought it would make it easier for him to take himself to the bathroom if he did wake up, but he went so much during the night, that I had to resort to a very large diaper.

    With A., it was never an issue because she has only wet the bed once since she was daytime trained (which completely spoiled me).

    Q. is still going back and forth. At this point, I am able to keep her contained on a waterproof mat, so we will probably stick with that. She wants to be nighttime trained (my son never cared), so I feel like it is discouraging to her if I take her back to diapers. The pad seems to be a good compromise. I wish I had two so that it made changing them out easier, but they don’t seem to sell what I have anymore…I bought it years ago when I was pregnant with Number One.

    What do you do with a bedwetter?

  • Reply Lift Up Your Hearts November 7, 2009 at 2:02 am

    Yay! Bravo! I am curious when you say “how long I would let her wet the bed”. What would you do if a child persisted in wetting at night?

  • Reply Brandy Afterthoughts November 2, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    Ah, yes…lovely accidents. We had an interesting one: She made it to the toilet but forgot to pull down her panties, so she peed all over herself while sitting on the toilet!

    I have a “mystery accident” I am trying to find. Something in the girls’ room smells suspicious, but I cannot for the life of my find the source.

    YIKES! 🙂

    Tell Rebecca she’s doing a good job. 😉

  • Reply Jennifer November 2, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Congratulations! I am smiling as I clean up our latest accident : ) She said, ” I have to go pee on potty!” but mommy was too late….and now I am folex-ing the carpet. Oh, well!

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